Mark Udall, Ron Wyden Reject Obama Claim About NSA Phone Records Collection
Two Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee rejected claims President Barack Obama made Friday that the National Security Agency’s phone records collection program strikes the “right balance” on civil liberties and national security.
In a blunt intra-party response to the president’s remarks, Sens. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said they “disagree.”
“When Americans call their friends and family, whom [...]
May 17, 2013
Even after cutting off the head of al-Qaeda, the United States Department of Defense doesn’t believe an end to the war on terror is in sight. On Thursday, one Pentagon official predicted the mission against al-Qaeda could continue for another two decades.
Speaking to the Senate Armed Services early Thursday, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Michael Sheehan said the Pentagon has no plans to pull out of [...]
The Saudi national injured during the bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon Monday has been cleared and is no longer even a person of interest, intelligence officials told lawmakers Tuesday.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper briefed members of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors in a pre-scheduled hearing that was supposed to focus on the budget, but Clapper began with an update of the bombings. Ranking RepublicanSaxby Chambliss (R-GA) emerged from the [...]
from Daily Kos:
So the House Republican capitulation on the debt limit is now complete, with 200 Republicans joining with 85 Democrats voting to suspend the debt limit until May 19.
Most Democrats opposed the measure, but their opposition had nothing to do with the debt limit. Instead, they opposed the bill because it contains an unconstitutional provision that would delay salaries for members of the Senate and House if their chamber does not produce [...]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke trekked to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to caution Senate lawmakers on the economic dangers of the looming “fiscal cliff,” the nearly $600 billion in planned spending cuts and tax hikes that will bite at the start of next year unless lawmakers act.
Bernanke, who has publicly warned that dawdling by lawmakers was putting the U.S. economy in peril, spoke to members of the [...]
It’s hard to get politicians from different sides of the aisle to cooperate in Washington these days. Thus our surprise when we read a letter from two members of the Senate banking committee, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), asking the Ben Ben Bernanke to do something that will make Wall Street howl (h/t Politico).
From the letter (which you can download here):
Your proposed rule on capital standards misses a huge opportunity to address [...]
Finding the traditions of Gandhi and Reverend Martin Luther King to be effective the Arizona Legislature is working to criminalize passive resistance.
No more sit ins or die ins to fight corporate rule will be allowed. If you engage in passive resistance you will be charged with resisting arrest. Because a sit in is just like shooting at officers to avoid detainment, right?
Well in wingnuttia it is.
“ARIZONA STATE SENATERESEARCH STAFF
CHRIS CARPENTERLEGISLATIVE [...]
March 12, 2012
The boss of the recently shut-down Megaupload file-sharing site claims that his records show plenty of US government users, including members of the Senate and the Department of Justice.
“Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate,” Kim Dotcom (formerly Schmitz), the portly potentate of Megaupload, told the Torrentfreak blog. “I hope we [...]
Jon Corzine, the former chief executive officer of MF Global Holdings Ltd., knew that the company made a loan out of segregated customer accounts before it went bankrupt, CME Group Inc. chairman Terrence Duffy told the U.S. Senate.
Duffy, whose company is MF Global’s regulator and principal exchange, faced questions about a shortfall of some $1.2 billion in missing customer funds. CME and Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff had been [...]
The New York Times is suing the U.S. government for refusing to divulge how its law enforcement interprets the Patriot Act.
After a series of Freedom of Information requests were declined to reveal the classified interpretation of the Patriot Act — a description that Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) described as “deeply disturbing” — the newspaper sought to battle it out in the [...]
Wants to know why DOJ quickly retracted court statements that contradicted official FBI story
Sept 6, 2011
A ranking Republican Senator has written to the Justice Department demanding to know why it quickly retracted court papers that called into serious question a key pillar of the criminal case against Bruce Ivins, the FBI’s prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax mail attacks.
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, who has long [...]
Fiscal conservatives like Rand Paul will be omitted to ensure unconstitutional body can fast track tax increases
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Senators who voted against the debt ceiling hike will be barred from being on the panel of the unconstitutional “Super Congress,” as the Washington elite ensures all roadblocks to crippling tax increases and other planned assaults on the constitution are removed.
Members of the House of Representatives considerably outperform the stock market in their personal investments, according to a new academic study.
Four university researchers examined 16,000 common stock transactions made by approximately 300 House representatives from 1985 to 2001, and found what they call “significant positive abnormal returns,” with portfolios based on congressional trades beating the market by about 6 percent annually.
What’s their [...]